Donor Harmonization

Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness

In February 2005 the international community came together at the Paris High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. More than 100 signatories from donor and developing-country governments, multilateral donor agencies, regional development banks and international agencies, endorsed the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. It represents a broader consensus among the international community about how to make aid more effective. It focuses on the principles of ownership, alignment, harmonization, results, and mutual accountability.

Mutual Accountability at the Country Level

Mutual accountability lies at the heart of the Paris (and Accra) Declaration’s commitment to reforming the aid relationship. Despite the Paris Declaration’s strong focus on mutual accountability, it remains little explored in conceptual and practical terms. This report seeks to lessen this void by clarifying the concepts underpinning country-level mutual accountability and highlighting emerging good practices.

Global Health: Making Partnerships Work

This briefing paper puts forth seven recommendations for building effective global public-private health partnerships. Based on research and interviews from some of these partnerships along with findings from external evaluations, the briefing suggests what is going wrong, what is going well and what could and should be going better. It lists seven contributions of global public-private health partnerships and seven habits that result in problems within the partnership.

Operational Approaches and Financing in Fragile States

Fragile states and situations are difficult environments most importantly for national reformers struggling to bring about peace, improved governance and protection of the population but also for the staff of the World Bank and other donor agencies who work to support them under difficult conditions. This paper by the International Development Association (IDA) shows how the risks of engagement in these contexts will not go away because these are environments where development programs will always be vulnerable to periodic setbacks.

Nepal- The Reform Agenda

This 2004 paper briefly discusses the context, objectives, innovative aspects of recent reforms (as of 2004) and the lessons learned from them, and looks to how the government will refocus the reform agenda to address these challenges.



Permanent Under Secretary of State Shahid Malik Speech

The full text of a speech by Permanent Under Secretary of State Shahid Malik to an audience of UK non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and development practitioners at DFID’s London headquarters to launch the UK Progress Report on Aid Effectiveness. He delivered it the day before the Third High Level Forum took place in Accra in 2008. Secretary Malik focused primarily on how the UK is delivering on its promises to make aid work harder for poor people.

Aid Allocation and Fragile States

This paper summarizes research on aid allocation and effectiveness, highlighting the current findings of recent research on aid allocation to fragile states.  Fragile states are defined by the donor community as those with either critically poor policies or poorly performing institutions, or both. The paper examines the research findings in the broader context of research and analysis on how aid should and is being allocated across all developing countries.  Various aid allocation models and their implications for aid to fragile states are considered.

The Center for Global Development (CGD)

The Center for Global Development (CGD) is an independent, nonprofit policy research organization that is dedicated to reducing global poverty and inequality and to making globalization work for the poor. CGD conducts research and analysis on topics related to how rich country policies impact people in the developing world, including aid effectiveness, education, globalization, health, migration and trade. Their Commitment to Development Index quantifies the full range of rich country policies that have an impact on poor people in developing countries.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Aid Effectiveness Section

The OECD is dedicated to supporting sustainable economic growth, boosting employment, raising living standards, maintaining financial stability, assisting other countries' economic development and contributing to growth in world trade. The “aid effectiveness” section of the website provides information about monitoring the Paris Declaration, public financial management, managing for development results and procurement.

OECD website, Aid Effectiveness section

International Health Partnerships

This is the website for the High Level Taskforce on Innovative International Financing for Health Systems, a team made up of leading figures in the international community selected on the basis of the perspectives they can each offer on innovative financing, health systems or political feasibility. The Taskforce was created to help countries and other global initiatives fill national financing gaps as they work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • MLI Voices

    Jun 22 2009 - 4:25pm

    Sierra Leone

    Even though I have worked in Sierra Leone in the past, the role of MLI Country Lead has given me the opportunity to build upon these previous experiences and to work closely with members of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), to support the implementation of health policies and reforms that they have prioritized.


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